MEET THE AUTHOR

Synonymous with Style, Mande Dagenais' work as a Director, Choreographer and Producer has been appreciated by millions of people around the world. Her career has spanned over twenty-five years, seventy production shows and four continents. A seven time Award Winning Author, Mande shares her passion for Dance and the Entertainment industry through her writing.

At age fifteen, she began working professionally as a teacher and choreographer. At nineteen years of age, she co-founded "The Dance Academy" in Northern Ontario where she further demonstrated her love for teaching and nurturing talent. Mande's professional show credits include twelve years as resident Director/Choreographer of the world famous musical revue, La Cage Aux Folles, Los Angeles, and An Evening at La Cage productions worldwide. The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, A Celebration of Legends with Milton Berle and Tom Bosley, Caesar's Palace, The Fountainbleau Hilton, and three years as Choreographer for Deerhurst Resort in Canada, are some of Mande's early career credits.

As the owner of Mande Dagenais Productions and ADC Entertainment Inc., Mande has produced corporate events for clients ranging from Amoco Corporation amd Umbro International to the Walt Disney Special Events Group and Ford Motor Company to name a few. To industry talent and peers, Mande is also well known for her production shows on Celebrity Cruises and Costa Cruise Lines. The Costa Victoria was voted "Best Production Shows & Entertainment" in the Fielding's Book of European Cruises in her first year with the company. Mande lives in Miami Beach with her husband, Alex, and their two dogs, Sassy and Luigi. When not in production, Mande can be found writing in her library or at a local Starbucks, or designing jewelry in her home studio. She is a lot of right brain in perpetual motion, loving everything creative. Her passion runs deep and her compassion deeper; she loves to nurture and inspire talent, and to help others. She has created a line of jewelry called the "Forget Me Not Collection" as a tribute to her mother, and a way to help raise awareness for Alzheimer's.

Mande is currently developing a new dance wear and lifestyle line under her brand name Inspired to Dance® and she's very excited for its launch later this year. An honest and dedicated voice, a true teacher at heart, Mande tells it as it is, and hopes that her books will inspire young hopefuls everywhere to DANCE and pursue their dreams!


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